Are you looking for an alternative to coleslaw? If so, this Brussels sprout slaw might be perfect. This shaved Brussels sprouts salad with lemon apple cider vinaigrette is made with one part cabbage to two parts sprouts. This summer salad recipe is a great side for BBQ chicken, fish or beef. When you make this Brussels sprouts salad recipe, make lots because it will disappear!
The freshness and crunch makes it perfect as a summer salad recipe. Cilantro, mint and pistachios are also included in this Brussels sprouts salad recipe. And then you have lemon apple cider vinaigrette.
Such a salad would be amazing served with chicken, fish, pork, beef, or a vegetable-based main dish. A lot of people fall into the trap of making the same kind of salad every time. For that reason, you might like to let yourself be inspired with this tasty recipe.
What are Shaved Brussels Sprouts?
Shaved Brussels sprouts is another term for shredded Brussels sprouts. You can either get these from the store or make your own for this Brussels sprout slaw. You can shred them in a food processor or by hand. Use the shredding or grating disc in the food processor or else get a chopping board and knife ready.
After washing your sprouts, you can cut off and discard the tough root ends and discard any discoloured outer leaves. Cut them into thin slices using the food processor or a sharp knife or mandolin.
If you’re choosing the mandolin option for this Brussels sprouts salad recipe, watch your fingers! Shaved Brussels sprouts can be used raw in a salad or cooked.
How to Make the Lemon Apple Cider Vinaigrette
The homemade lemon apple cider vinaigrette is so good and suits this Brussels sprout slaw perfectly. To make it, you combine apple cider vinegar with olive oil, sugar, ground coriander, and lime juice, as well as some salt and black pepper to taste.
It’s a tangy dressing which is great tossed with coleslaw or in fact any alternative to coleslaw.
Brussels Sprouts: Some Interesting Facts
It’s funny how many of us love Brussels sprout slaw or even Brussels sprouts for that matter, since most kids don’t! I think that has a lot to do with preparation. After all, boiled Brussels sprouts can be truly awful, especially if they smell like sulphur. Actually a sulphur smell means they’re overcooked.
A summer salad recipe made with them, on the other hand, can be amazing. They’re also a great vegetable to roast or fry. Try them wrapped in bacon or stir-fried with garlic.
Brussels sprouts get their name from Brussels, the capital of Belgium where this vegetable has been popular since the 1500s. French settlers introduced them to North America in the 1700s and then by the 1900s they were a staple crop in California.
The reason they are so good in this Brussels sprouts slaw is they are in the same family as cabbage. This means they pair very nicely and make a nice alternative to coleslaw. Sprouts range in size from little marbles to golf balls.
When shopping for them for a Brussels sprouts salad recipe, choose bright green ones with tight leaves and firm stems.
Are Brussels Sprouts Healthy?
Another reason why this summer salad recipe is so good (apart from its great taste) is that sprouts are super-nutritious! They are low in calories and rich in Vitamins A, C and K, along with folic acid (Vitamin B-9).
Their fibre content is good for your digestion and they also contain good amounts of iron, potassium and calcium.
Another reason why a Brussels sprouts salad recipe beats boiled sprouts is that boiling them sucks all those healthy nutrients out and leaves them behind in the cooking water. Plus boiled sprouts are mushy and just not as appealing as raw, roasted or fried ones!
Summer Salad Recipe Tips
An alternative to coleslaw is always worth knowing so you can make a delicious salad in the warmer months. For the best results, take care in choosing the ingredients. Pick the freshest, best-looking vegetables you can get.
If you’re new to eating raw Brussels sprouts, you might like to more shredded cabbage than sprouts in the salad. Green, white or red cabbage are all good additions and go well with shaved Brussels sprouts. The lemon apple cider vinaigrette goes beautifully regardless how much cabbage and/or Brussels sprouts you are using in the dish.
You can add other ingredients to this Brussels sprout slaw such as shredded cheese or another kind of nut. The pistachios go very nicely, but so would walnuts or pecans. If you want to add some fruit too, try dried cherries or cranberries. Use fresh lime juice for the best results. Bottled juice would work at a pinch but the fresh version is just so much tastier.
Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw Recipe
Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw with Lemon Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- 1 lb. Brussels sprouts shredded
- 8 Oz. cabbage shredded or 1 bag prepared
- 1/4 Cup cilantro roughly chopped
- 1/4 Cup mint roughly chopped
- 1/2 Cup pistachios shelled
For the dressing
- 1/4 Cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 Tsp. coriander ground
- 1 Juiced lime
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl combine shredded Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cilantro, mint, and pistachios.
- In a small bowl whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, sugar, coriander, and lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss Brussels sprout mixture with dressing until fully combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Give slaw a toss before serving.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Enjoy this Brussels Sprout Slaw!
I hope you enjoy this Brussel sprout slaw with cabbage. It is the perfect summer salad recipe and makes the best side of a range of BBQ dishes. The pistachios are a tasty and unexpected addition to this shaved Brussel sprouts salad with lemon apple cider vinaigrette.
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